Local lads aim to be record-breakers!

RosFM Special Olympics fund-raiser RosFM, the community radio station of Roscommon Town and its environs, is undertaking a 35-hour marathon broadcast starting at 11 am on Friday, 13 th of April and continuing until 10 pm on Saturday the 14 th of April.     John Crean, Liam Sherringham, Robbie Dwyer and their team are undertaking this joint initiative to raise funds for the Special Olympics ‘Support An Athlete’ campaign.    The non-stop 35-hour broadcast aims to set an Irish record and final preparations are now being put in place. Over the past couple of weeks the business community, groups and individuals have pledged sponsorship options in support of the broadcast.   RosFM is unique in local community radio in that it has a disability ethos providing for the needs of people with disabilities and depends on the support of local business and voluntary organisations to realise its goals.     Similarly Special Olympics Ireland provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with a learning disability, and this year aims to send approximately 140 athletes to China to represent Ireland in the 2007 World Summer Games.   Money raised will assist the three athletes from County Roscommon, Emma Finneran (Taughmaconnell), Bernadette Carr (Roscommon Town) & James Glover (Strokestown) and will also further develop existing programmes for the many more athletes that participate in Special Olympics throughout the county.   RosFM’s signal strength has recently been upgraded now reaching an even wider audience than ever before and this unique broadcast will coincide with an Open Day where members of  the public are being invited to drop in and say hello live on-air and in doing so make a small donation to the campaign. In addition all sponsors will get full accreditation on the ROS FM website www.rosfm.ie     Hard-working teams of volunteers have been involved in the project that takes to the airwaves at 11 am this Friday, the 13 th of April. A number of sponsorship slots are still available and those wishing to support the initiative in this way, and set a new Irish record, can contact Deirdre Kelly, the Special Olympics Co-ordinator in County Roscommon on 086-849 5751 or e-mail roscommon@specialolympics.ie